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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 844-849

A holistic care approach to combat the COVID-19 disease


1 Parul Institute of Public Health, Parul University, P.O. Limda, Ta. Waghodia Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Parul Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Parul University, P.O. Limda, Ta. Waghodia Vadodara, Gujarat, India
3 Parul Sevashram Hospital, Parul University, P.O. Limda, Ta. Waghodia Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Geetika Madan Patel
Parul Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Parul University, P.O. Limda, Ta. Waghodia Vadodara, Gujarat - 391760
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1549_20

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Background: Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-1) 9 pandemic is spreading like a wildfire across the globe. For its containment, measures such as isolation and quarantine are followed. The patients tested positive for COVID-19 disease are kept in isolation with no interaction with the family members leading to negative mental health consequences. To address this, Parul Sevashram Hospital adapted to a more holistic approach to treatment. Methodology: A process documentation of the best practices was undertaken. Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) were used to gather responses of the project implementers (n = 2), physiotherapists (n = 2), dietician (n = 1), Ayurveda practitioners (n = 2), and staff nurses (n = 2) who were mainly involved in tailoring the package of services to be offered as well as their implementation. In addition, KIIs were also conducted with the patients (n = 10) their views on the additional package of services offered to them and the overall level of satisfaction with the care. Findings: The holistic care services involved diet therapy, physiotherapy and yoga, AYUSH medicines for boosting immunity, music therapy and books and indoor games. Few implementation challenges include convincing healthcare workers for providing care to COVID patients, availing raw materials for preparing AYUSH medicines during lockdown. Trainings were also provided to HCW on infection control practices, provided monetary incentive and mobilised the existing resources for addressing the challenges. Conclusion: The holistic care has potential influence on patient's mental health, recovery rate, and satisfaction of COVID-19 patients. These approaches can be up-scaled with a minimum investment and has a potential to benefit patients both in public and private hospitals.


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